ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Eckerd put together a six-run fifth inning, and starter Joe Sinicola struck out nine Pennbatters to deal the Quakers their second loss of the season, 12-6, Saturday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Tritons (4-9) took an early 2-0 lead on Tim Couet's two-run single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first off Penn hurler Steven Schwartz.
The Quakers responded in the third inning when a double by Joey Boaen scored Jim Farrell, who walked and advanced on an Alex Nwaka bunt single. A base hit by Tim May scored Nwaka, and senior Sean Abate followed with an RBI single that scored Boaen to give Penn a 3-2 lead.
Things were quiet until the bottom of the fifth inning, when Eckerd lead-off man Mike Alvarez reached on an error by Abate. Alvarez would score on a single byAlfredo Cabale after advancing on a Mike Ferraina single. A potential double-play ball was throw errantly by Farrell on the next play, allowing Ferraina to score. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, Eckerd's Mickey Penrose ripped a double to right centerfield that cleared the bases. Penrose would later score on a sacrifice fly to cap off a six-run inning for the Tritons.
Eckerd would tack on two more runs in the sixth inning to extend their lead to 10-3, before the Quakers scored three in the eighth inning keyed by a pinch-hit, two-run double by Andy Console.
The Tritons crossed the plate twice in the bottom half of the inning to keep distance from the Quakers.
Sinicola (1-1)was strong for Eckerd in seven and two-thirds innings, as he allowed six runs (four earned) on nine hits while striking out nine and walking just two.
Cabale went 4-for-4 (all singles) with four runs scored and a stolen base, while Tim Couet added two hits and three RBI for the Tritons, who amassed 14 hits on the day.
Schwartz (0-1) pitched four and one-third innings for Penn, allowing eight runs (just three ofwhich were earned) on 10 hits with two strikeouts and three walks.
The Quakers will travel north of Tampa to Saint Leo, Fla., to face Saint Leo University on Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m.